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Find your Android/BlackBerry phone for free with iTag

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

Apple is offering their Find My iPhone service for free now, but that doesn’t mean that Android and BlackBerry users are left out in the cold. That’s because iTag is offering their Premium Membership for free for Cyber Monday.

iTag allows you to locate your device via GPS at any moment. The feature is already available for free to users, but the premium account allows you to backup your contacts over the air, which is very useful if you lose your device without backing up your data first.

Steve Wozniak thinks Android will best iPhone in the long term

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2010

Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak recently gave an interview to the dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, and it looks like Steve thinks that Android will become the dominant smartphone platform over Apple’s iOS in the long term.

According to Steve Wozniak Android is likely to win the race. He mentioned that the iPhone ‘Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading’ While he also said that Android does more for more people.

Android share jumps to 25.5 percent

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 10th, 2010

According to Gartner’s third quarter smartphone data, Android has a 25.5% slice of worldwide smartphone sales, helping it achieve the second place as an operating system, right behind Symbian. Apple’s iOS dropped a bit compared to last year, with 16.6% this time.

Symbian is still at the top spot this year at 36.6%, but their position is being threatened. Global mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, a 35 percent increase from the third quarter of 2009.

Binatone iHomePhone runs Google Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Binatone just added a new land line telephone to their lineup. One that runs on Google’s Android OS. The Binatone iHomePhone is a DECT cordless home phone with a 2.8 inch display and a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, It is capable of running the same Android apps as your Android smartphone.

We like it because it looks like a UFO powered by Android. Some other features include a microSD card slot and a battery that will give you up to 80 hours on standby.

Virtual Walkie Talkie turns your Android phone into a CB radio

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 31st, 2010

Virtual Walkie Talkie is a free Android program which basically turns your phone into a CB radio. The software works over WiFi and features multiple channels. It will stay on in the background until you deliberately exit the program.

So if you miss the days of CB radios and need to go all “breaker, breaker, good buddy”, now is your chance. Just be prepared for Koreans, Germans and other nationalities to all be chatting away, which you wouldn’t have found on the old Citizens Band radios. Sounds like fun though. Maybe this will make CB talk popular again. Probably not though.

Samsung to unveil new Android device on November 8th

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2010

If you are a Samsung fan and an Android fan, you will be on pins and needles for two weeks. That’s how long you’ll have to wait before Samsung Mobile officially shows off its latest and greatest? Android device. That’s the official date, but we all know that we will get some intel before then.

We have no idea what it might be, but we are checking our wish list and as soon as we hear more info we will let you know.

Sony explores wider range of Android-based devices

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

At a Google TV press event in Tokyo, Sony TV division head Yoshihisa Ishida told reporters that the company is “thinking about using Android in more consumer electronics products.” Now, he didn’t specify exactly what kinds of products, so let your imagination run wild.

Word is that Sony Ericsson has an Android 3.0 mobile gaming platform in the works. Of course you are free to speculate on what else may be coming. Maybe a Sony toaster with some decorative toast burning apps. No, probably not.

Android 4.0 nicknamed Ice Cream

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2010

Android 3.0 has yet to be announced, but even so ARM president Tudor Brown revealed the very earliest detail of 4.0 in a talk published late Friday. Keeping with the usual dessert inspired names, the future OS would be codenamed Ice Cream and would follow after 3.0, Gingerbread, as well as an interim release known as Honeycomb.

The mobile OS’ creator has refused to comment beyond acknowledging Gingerbread and Honeycomb and none of Ice Cream’s features have been unveiled so far.

Google on track to rake in $1 Billion this year from Android

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 15th, 2010

Google has now revealed its third-quarter earnings and has confirmed that it’s on track to bring in a cool $1 billion this year in mobile revenue and they expect continued growth in the mobile sector. And this does not take into account what Google earned from other platforms like iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry.

Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt said that Android is much bigger than he could ever have hoped for and can become a hugely profitable business for the company and he also predicted that search on mobile will eventually exceed that of PCs.

Android is most popular OS among US phone buyers over the last six months

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Android’s huge growth has now been illustrated by Nielsen’s statisticians in the above chart of recent US smartphone purchases. It shows very clearly that over the six months leading up to August 2010, 32 percent of American new phone buyers have bought a device with Google’s OS on board.

Android is comfortably ahead of RIM at 26 percent and Apple at 25 percent. These results seem to confirm NPD’s figures, which have Android at 33 percent of new US purchases. Android is indeed dominating.

Altek Leo 14 megapixel Android cameraphone heads for Europe in 2011

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2010

Altek’s Android-based Leo smartphone features a 14 megapixel CCD with 3x optical zoom and 720p video. It was already scheduled for Q4 of this year in Asia, but now Altek has announced that the phone will also be launching Q1 2011 in Europe.

It will also offer a 3.2-inch WVGA multi-touch display and will ship with Google’s Android 2.1 (Eclair). It also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3.5G (HSPA/WCDMA) wireless and network protocols.

Google’s Android passes Microsoft in US smartphone market share

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2010

With all of the Android phones assaulting the market, it’s no big surprise to see Android pass Windows Mobile in ComScore’s latest US smartphone report. In July Google was nipping at Microsoft’s heels and now according to the latest data, Android is rising while the competition is falling.

The research firm’s MobiLens report found that Google’s market share in the US smartphone sector jumped five percent in the three month average ending April 2010. RIM dropped 1.8 percent, Apple 1.3 percent, Microsoft 2.2 percent and Palm had just 4.9 percent of the sales.

Did T-Mobile confirm the existence of an Android Tablet?

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 17th, 2010

T-Mobile subscribers might have something interesting to look forward to as the holiday season approaches, and we aren’t just talking the T-Mobile G2. It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but word is that T-Mobile is planning to make an Android-powered tablet available before Christmas.

What the device is wasn’t mentioned, but speculation is that it could be something from LG’s Optimus series of phones, or maybe even Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which we already know is headed for T-Mobile. We should know soon.

Lava Scandinavia unveils Android TV

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

You might remember Lava Scandinavia and their cool Android powered TV. It’s the first in the world and it was demonstrated at IFA 2010 Berlin. The device is essentially a low-power computer and traditional TV in one, with an Android-based Internet TV interface.

The home screen can be filled up with all kinds of Android widgets, and when you hit a key on the QWERTY keyboard/remote, you get an even more feature-rich home menu, which will allow you to access the web browser, YouTube, Facebook, Email and other Android apps.

Best Buy guide lists Samsung’s Android-based Gem handset

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on September 2nd, 2010

Looks like Samsung is readying a new Android handset, the Gem, which also recently appeared in a leaked roadmap for Verizon. The entry-level handset has been listed in a buyer’s guide from Best Buy. The Gem is most likely a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy S-series Fascinate, which is due sometime in the next week or two at Verizon.

The buyer’s guide points to Android 2.1 along with TouchWiz 3.0 and Swipe for the virtual keyboard. The handset also has a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, and a microSD slot.